Research Project Information Sheet


Diagnosis, Treatment Recommendations, and Effectiveness: A Comparison across Different Health Professions.

Ethics approval number: S171111

 You are invited to participate in a research project being conducted by the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC).  This information sheet describes the project.  Please read this sheet carefully before deciding whether to participate. 


The purpose of this study is to determine if there is a difference between different allied health professions and also different levels of experience regarding diagnosis and treatment recommendations for people with mental health issues.


The research team consists of Research Supervisor Dr Jonathan Mason, Student Researcher Kylie Hinde, and Student Researcher Daniel Jamieson. Please direct questions to:

Daniel Jamieson


Phone: 0466587910

Kylie Hinde


Phone:  0407642588


Participant experience

You have been invited to participate in this study because you are an allied health professional. If you agree to take part in this study, you will be asked to complete an online survey which will take approximately 30 minutes of your time.  The survey will ask you to read a short vignette where a client’s symptoms are outlined. You will then be asked to answer a number of questions regarding diagnosis and treatment recommendations for the client. There are also some demographic questions including gender, mental health practitioner type, and experience level.

Risks and benefits

An identified risk is that participants may experience psychological stress because they may reflect on limitations they have in their ability to diagnosis and recommend treatment for the client depicted in the vignette. There are no direct benefits for the individual participants, however it is hoped that the results may lead to improved outcomes for people with mental health problems.

Participation and consent

You will be asked to complete a consent form prior to completing the survey. Participation in the review is voluntary, and you may discontinue at any time without penalty.  As your survey responses will be non-identifiable, it will not be possible to withdraw your responses after you have submitted them online. Consent is for the use of your results in this project as well as future related research projects.

Confidentiality and results

Your survey is anonymous.  It is optional for you to give your name and email contact details at the conclusion of the survey if you would like to receive an emailed outline of the study findings.  Data collected from all completed online surveys will be kept confidential on a secure server at USC for 15 years before being destroyed. Only the three researchers on this project will have access to this data for research purposes. Non-identifiable results may be published in psychological journals, presented at conferences, and various other sources.   
Complaints / Concerns

If you have any complaints about the way this research project is being conducted you can raise them with the Research Supervisor.  If you prefer an independent person, contact the Chairperson of the Human Research Ethics Committee at the University: (c/- the Research Ethics Officer, Office of Research, University of the Sunshine Coast, Maroochydore DC 4558; telephone (07) 5459 4574; email

The researchers and the University of the Sunshine Coast thank you for consideration of this study.

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* 1. I have read and understand the Research Project Information Sheet